People on Tabuaeran Island, Kiribati. Editorial credit: Kara Math / Shutterstock.com

Kiribati

Kiribati is a multiparty democracy that holds regular elections and has experienced peaceful transfers of power between competing groups. Civil liberties are generally upheld, though outstanding problems include a ban on same-sex sexual activity, and some forms of gender discrimination.

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Freedom in the World — Kiribati Country Report

Kiribati is rated Free in Freedom in the World, Freedom House's annual study of political rights and civil liberties worldwide.